Myleene Klass has spoken of how she suffered a miscarriage while presenting her radio show.
The TV and radio presenter, who found fame as part of Popstars band Hear’Say, opened up about baby loss in an emotional new interview for You magazine.
Myleene said she realised she had lost her child while in the toilet during a break, and called friend and fellow presenter Lauren Laverne to support her to finish the rest of the show.
She said: “I was on air. I went to the loo while the music was playing and there was blood everywhere. I didn’t know what to do. I had one hour left of my show.
“I rang Lauren Laverne and she said: ‘Do one link, take a breath, come out and call me.’
“She got me through. I did the next link and called her. We counted the links.
“I would go out, sob and come back in, take a deep breath and speak. I don’t know what else I would have done. I was on air.”
Myleene, who is one of the stars of the new series of Dancing On Ice, has previously spoken of her baby loss, saying last year that she had suffered four miscarriages and hoped sharing her experiences will help “even one lost soul”.
The former Hear’Say star did not describe how she lost one of her babies while on air in her post, with only her closets friends knowing, You magazine reports.
In the post to mark national babyloss-miscarriage day on October 15, Myleene wrote: “I am Mama to 7 babies, Ava, Hero, Apollo my rainbow baby and 4 little stars in the sky.
“I know after my own MC’s how I scoured the internet for stories similar to mine for peace, reassurance. I hope this helps even one lost soul.”
She said her first miscarriage happened at the airport after she started bleeding heavily while 10 weeks pregnant on holiday.
“The scan was the saddest sight I’ve ever seen in my life. The first and last time I saw my baby,” she said. “As the doctor pushed the camera on my belly, the familiar black and blue image of my baby sprung onto the screen, then started to sink and slowly floated down, til it just hunched over. I knew. ‘I’m sorry there’s no heartbeat’.
“The feeling is nothing short of traumatic, shock.”
She added: “I woke to emptiness and the horror of what had happened. I felt I’d failed my baby and my partner.
“The second time was worse if that’s possible, I thought I’d had my ‘1 in 4’ experience.
“This time, the baby had stopped growing at 10wks, completely unrelated to the first MC ‘so it’s just bad luck’.
“I didn’t take my eyes off the fire alarm on the ceiling, lest I break completely. Walking past the pregnant women in reception was torture.
She said her third miscarriage happened at work, adding: “Whilst I could get pregnant, there was no explanation for why I couldn’t keep them.
“The Dr’s took no chances with Apollo. I injected countless, endless hormones into my belly to keep my placenta working. He signifies everything good in the world to me, my miracle.
“To my friends and Mamas who have experienced this, you are the strongest women I know.”
Useful websites and helplines:
Sands works to support anyone affected by the death of a baby.
Tommy’s fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents.
Saying Goodbye offers support for anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.